Published on: March 26, 2022 at 11:47 IST
In respect to the wider conspiracy case including charges under the Indian Penal Code and UAPA relating the Delhi Riots, a Delhi Court has confirmed that there is no order requiring the presence of former JNU student Umar Khalid in handcuffs.
This comes after Umar Khalid filed a request for a departmental investigation into his illegal production in handcuffs earlier today, despite judicial orders requiring the prison officials to deliver him without fetters.
While the Judge had issued a notice to the DGP, Prisons last month to inform him whether any such orders had been passed from their end, the action taken was a report filed by the Superintendent of Prisons, Tihar Jail, noting that there was no command for handcuffing Umar Khalid during trials.
According to the report, Khalid was turned over to the Delhi Armed Police (DAP) for production in the issue (FIR 59/2020), and no shackles were placed on him by the Jail Staff. was a genuine blunder resulting from the failure to communicate the order of January 17, 2022 issued by CMM of Patiala House Court.
In accordance with the earlier decision, DCP of the 3rd battalion of DAP filed another report claiming that Khalid’s appearance in handcuffs was a genuine error caused by the failure to communicate the order dated January 17, 2022 passed by CMM of Patiala House Court.
Importantly, the decision issued by the CMM of Patiala House Court asked jail authorities to routinely produce Umar Khalid without the use of shackles.
After reviewing the submissions and answers, the Judge ordered the Jail Superintendent to attend in person on the next scheduled hearing date.
The case is now scheduled to be heard on April 1.